Minnesota Gophers defensive tackles Scott Ekpe and Steven Richardson are going to be counted on heavily in 2015, but with Ekpe coming off major knee surgery and Richardson trying to avoid a sophomore slump, there are some question marks there.
Gophers offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover thinks both looked good in their first day in pads.
"Scott looked like a million bucks today," Limegrover said to the media after practice today. "It's like he never missed a beat. That's terrible for me to see as an offensive line coach in camp, but me wearing the "M" it's good to see because he's going to be a force."
After playing in every game his freshman and sophomore year, Ekpe was primed for a big role on the Gophers defense in 2014, but suffered a season ending knee injury in the Gophers first game. After doing everything that was expected of him during the spring and now making the transition to full pads in the fall, Ekpe will be healvily counted upon in 2015.
Richardson burst onto the scene as a true freshman last season starting 12 games and notching six tackles for loss, expectations are very high for the Illinois product to take that next step for Minnesota this season.
GopherDigest's Ryan Burns discusses how both looked in Minnesota's first padded practice with Scout's Jonathan Kahn.